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Reset - Behind the Scenes of the Paris Opera Ballet
A riveting documentary on the creative process, RESET depicts renowned choreographer and dancer Benjamin Millepied (best known for choreographing the dance sequences in Black Swan ) as he creates a ballet for his first gala as artistic director of the…
Master Qi and the Monkey King 
This beautifully realized documentary chronicles the life and work of Qi Shu Fang, one of the preeminent masters of Chinese Opera living in the United States. It is a story of ambition, love, the creative impulse and the struggle to…
Monteverdi's L'orfeo
BBC
Jordi Savall brings this production to life on the stage of Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu. Monteverdi's favola in musica, based on a libretto by Alessandro Striggio, is considered to be the first opera in history. In this exceptional performance,…
The Mikado
A year before the action of this opera begins, Nanki-Poo, son of the Mikado of Japan, fled his father's imperial court to escape marriage with Katisha, an elderly lady. Disguised as a traveling musician, he met and fell in love…
Meredith Monk: Inner Voice
Meredith Monk is a composer, singer, director, choreographer and creator of new opera, music theater, films and installations. She has been proclaimed as a 'magician of the voice' and 'one of America's coolest composers.' During a career that spans more…
Cosi Fan Tutte
Aside from "Le nozze di Figaro" and "Don Giovanni", Lorezo Da Ponte also wrote the libretto for "Cosi fan tutte", after a likely inspiration from a contemporary Viennese anecdote and Kaiser Joseph II himself. "Cosi fan tutte" had its grand…
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Wagner & Me 
Actor and writer Stephen Fry explores his passion for the world's most controversial composer, but can he salvage Richard Wagner's music from its dark associations with anti-Semitism and Hitler? Fry's quest begins in southern Germany where he is granted unique…
Tosca - A Tale of Love and Torture (Feature Version)
Mid-winter and money is tight at Opera Australia as rehearsals begin for Puccini's perennial favourite Tosca , a story of love, betrayal and murder set amid the political turmoil of 19th century Rome. Popular diva Joan Carden has played the…
La Stupenda
At the Sydney Opera House on 2nd October 1990 Dame Joan Sutherland bade farewell to opera in an emotional performance as Marguerite de Valois in Giacomo Meyerbeer's Les Huguenots. The occasion marked the close of a distinguished singing career spanning…
Puccini
Tony Palmer's feature, scripted by Charles Wood, dramatises the story which hit the Italian headlines in 1908, when Puccini was fifty. Robert Stephens plays Puccini, Virginia McKenna his wife, Elvira, and Judith Howarth the servant girl who, wrongly accused by…
La Bohème
Luciano Pavarotti and Mirella Freni's incomparable partnership as Rodolfo and Mimi, the tragic lovers in Puccini's much-loved bittersweet opera, is captured for posterity in this live recording from the San Francisco opera. Francesca Zambello's production boasts a superlative cast with…
Mezzo - The Story of an Openly Trans Opera Singer
A short documentary that celebrates the life and artistic endeavors of Breanna Sinclaire, an African American opera singer and openly trans woman, while reflecting back on memories of her childhood self-discovery.
Aida
"An opera for Cairo!", Verdi is said to have exclaimed. He would certainly have been delighted with this magnificent production. It was a triumphant success when it opened at la Scala in December 1985 and Luciano Pavarotti's long-awaited performance as…
Sacred Stage
Set against the backdrop of the magical White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg, Sacred Stage features the best in Russian symphonic music, ballet and opera at Russia's premier theater--the Mariinsky, also known as the Kirov. Sacred Stage explores what the…
The Roe's Room
In this "absolutely singular autobiographical film opera" (Time Out), Majewski presents a stunning, intimate, and ultimately magical work. Accompanied by the Polish National Symphony Orchestra and the Silesian Opera Chorus, Majewski creates a soaring, theatrical Eden in which life goes…
Carmen
The libretto, by Henri Meilac and Ludovic Halevy, is based on a novella by Prosper Merimee. The first performance of Carmen on 3 March 1875, produced such a hostile reaction that Bizet left Paris physically and psychologically ill, and died…
Satyagraha
The preocupation of the composer of "minimal music", Philip Glass, with Indian music and his interest in Gandhi began in 1966 during his first visit to India where he met Ravi Shankar. Since then, the rhythmic figures of Indian music…
Fidelio
Beethoven's lone opera had a troubled gestation, as its no fewer than four overtures suggest. The finished product, while obviously a work of genius, exposes its patchwork qualities even in the best of productions. Luckily, the 1991 staging by the…
Parsifal - Search for the Grail
Wagner's Parsifal is the most famous work to celebrate the search for the Holy Grail, an enduringly powerful symbol in Western culture. Focusing on a performance of the opera with Placido Domingo in the title role, Tony Palmer's film explores…
Seed of Sarah
A video collage of song and remembrance. The story is based on Judith Magyar Isaacson's highly acclaimed memoir recounting her real-life story as a young Hungarian girl growing up during the tumultuous years of WWII and the Holocaust. The film…